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washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, more americans have died of gun violence. >> reporter: five days after the sandy hook shooting in newtown, president obama says our country needs more than gun control. we need a solution to stop the violence. that's why he is creating a new interagency task force led by vice president joe biden. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: much of the political f
rounds. grace lee shows us she's not the only politician who's speaking out. >> reporter: the connecticut shoot something a wake up call for all of us in america. >> senator leland says it's time to stop the mayhem. he wants to re introduce the bullet button ban. getting around the state ban on detachable magazines because you can use a bullet to release the magazine. >> it's as if we do not have an assault weapon ban in the state of california with the bullet button assault rifle, what you can do is buy a magnet and easily load and unload these magazines. >> senator ye wants to go further by adding yearly background checks on owners and mental health evaluations and limit ammunition and increase safe gun storage requirements. >> people are being reactionary. but the problem is these laws have had no impact. >> he fights for gun rights but does not believe bans on assault weapons are the way to prevent violence. >> if we're serious about trying to make these things stop happening we have to notice they happen in gun free zones. why can't with have tazers for administrators and teachers. >
workers today. but cbs 5 reporter grace lee says last minute holiday turned into a headache for people. >> that's right. pretty much everyone there at an international flight today or tomorrow. if you're wondering why they thought a federal office would be open on christmas eve, the reason is it was scheduled to be open. that is why so many people we spoke with were so upset. >> i am real upset because i don't know, we could have done -- at this point i don't know what we can do now, just wait. we have been here since 7:30. my appointment was at 9:00. >> stranded on christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to renew or pick up passports today. some had confirmation numbers scheduled for today, including this man. he is supposed to catch a flight to mexico tomorrow to see his wife and 2-year-old. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing. i am not going to be able to see them. >> the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last minute decision on friday the president declared christmas eve a federal holiday. federal workers had complained he shou
some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be able to see them, not for my wife's birthday or my daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last-minute decision on friday, the president declared christmas eve a federal hold. federal workers had complained that he should show some holiday cheer since they had not had a salary increase since 2009. >> do you expect someone to come out here now? >> no. i respect that the president wants to give people a vacation. i just wish they would plan it a little bit. >> reporter: for jeffrey, it's not just an inconvenience. he was hoping to see his mother- in
lee looks into the fiscal campaigning. grace. >>> reporter: just when you thought were you safe. there is a new game in town being run by a group of nonprofits which are allowed to collect money and use it to lobby and we're talking about one that's affiliated with conservative karl rove and a super pac american crossroads, remember that? so get ready for some more campaigning because they are back. >> we're serious about reducing the deficit. >> we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. >> but so far, a huge tax increase is his solution. >>> reporter: it may feel like the election season never ended. >> the time for politics has ended. >> reporter: and apparently, it hasn't because the "fiscal cliff" fight is now fodder for political commercials known as issue ads. this one is running on cable news networks by a conservative nonprofit called crossroads. >> call president obama and tell him, it's time to show us a balanced plan. >> reporter: it is a big switch from presidential politics to full-scale lobbying. >> on the one hand it's very bizarre coming down the pike right
political reporter grace lee joining us from the newsroom. grace, typically we do see strong reaction after mass shootings as well as calls for stricter gun control. >> reporter: and allen that is exactly what we are seeing in our exclusive surveyusa poll. this was taken after the shooting today. so adults here in the bay area were asked, if laws for gun sales should be more strict? 74% said yes. 19% said that the law should stay the same. 6% believed that they should actually be less strict. as for the semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, our survey found that 77% support or strongly support making it illegal to sell or even to own them. but the question today is, is that public sentiment enough to change the law? it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today often pausing or wiping a tear. it was also a rare moment perhaps a turning point in presidential policy for federal gun control. >> we are going to have to come together to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics. >> it is an obvious and perfectly appropriate emotional responsible to say som
the president and republicans. political reporter grace lee is live in the newsroom with what this gridlock could cost californians. grace. >> reporter: well, liz, now we have some very real numbers that's what's at stake if we go over the "fiscal cliff." the daily democrat predicts that our state could lose $4.5 billion and lose about 200,000 jobs and with 26 days until that deadline, the painful reality is just becoming more clear. >> at 3:00, they want to start us closing on wednesday at noon. >> reporter: a social security employee for 30 years he is joining fellow federal workers across the u.s. to spread the word that the "fiscal cliff" is looming and at stake, social security benefits for millions. >> they seem to go for the people who had the least political pull, poor, disabled, people in east oakland. >> reporter: people like a social secure recipient who relies on every federal dollar. if these benefits were to be cut how would this affect you and your friends? >> oh, wow. you know, i wouldn't be able to afford the rent that i'm paying right now. much less food. so yes, it is go
grace lee is live in hayward with a look at how bay area mayors are taking on guns. grace. >>> reporter: we came here to hayward to meet with the state treasurer phil lockyer and what we learned is that california had invested millions of dollars into a gun manufacturer the same gun manufacturer who made the firearm used in newtown connecticut. well, that has since been remedied but this is one of just several political maneuvers, one to distance themselves from gun manufacturers but several with politicians moving closer to "gun control." >>> reporter: in an open letter to the president today eight big city mayors from new york to los angeles asked for an outright ban on assault weapons. >> it's clear that gun is not for the streets. it's not for sports. it's really a gun of war. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee and oakland mayor jean quan agree with the federal assault weapons ban that's already in place in california. the two cities just had their largest gun buy-back event taking 600 firearms off the streets. >> but the reality is we can buy back hundreds but if we can't stop
over the gun control laws. and grace lee shows us that the state has their own history of gun tragedies new laws and loopholes. >> reporter: 23 years ago the cleveland elementary school shooting left five kids dead and 29 wounded. it is now known as the stopping massacre, leading to an outright banned on assault weapons in california. we thought it couldn't get any worse. >> the connecticut shooting is a wake up call for all of us in america >> reporter: until now with 20 children shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, they say it is time to stop the mayhem, wanting to reintroduce the bullet banned that failed last year. they allow them to get around the state banned on detachable magazines because you can simply use a tool in this case, a bullet to release the magazine. >> it is as if we do not have an assault weapons banned in the state of california. with the bullet button, assault rifle, what you can do is buy a magnet and you can easily load and unload these magazines. >> reporter: senator yee wants to go much further by adding yearly background checks on gun owners and mental he
. the official would not say what type of guns were found. cbs 5 reporter grace lee joins us from the newsroom now. grace, we typically see strong reaction after mass shootings and that appears to be the case once again today. >> reporter: it does. the public is really speaking out in this exclusive surveyusa poll. now, just a note here, this was taken after the shooting today so take a look. adults in the bay area were asked, if laws for gun sales should be more strict. 74% said yes. 19% said that the laws should stay the same. 6% believe they should be less strict. as for a semi-automatic weapon and assault rifles, our survey found 77% support or strongly support making it illegal to sell or even to own them. but the question now is public sentiment strong enough to change the law? >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> reporter: it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today. it was also a rare moment perhaps a turning point in presidential policy for federal gun control. >> we're going to have to come together an
is likely to cause a fierce political fight. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on a state senator who knows that all too well. grace. >> reporter: senator leland yee fought for more gun corollas year in the wake of the colorado aurora movie theater shootings. it failed. but now he says he is not afraid of a tough fight and believes that california needs to lead the nation as they have often done in the past. 23 years ago the cleveland elementary school shooting left five kids dead and 29 wounded. it's now known as the stockton massacre. and it led to an outright ban on assault weapons in california. we though it couldn't get any worse. >> the connecticut shooting is a wake-up call for america. >> reporter: until now, with 20 children shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, senator leland yee says it's time to stop the mayhem. he wants to reintroduce the bullet button ban which failed last year. the bullet button allows gun users to get around the state ban on detachable magazines because you can simply use a tool in this case a bullet to release the magazine. >> it's as if we don't have an assault
difference for a lot of these folks. >> grace lee, thanks. >>> getting a healthier bank account by going on a financial diet. we put a bay area financial adviser to the challenge to find out what steps you should take and the it works. >>> it could be the ingredient to solve the nation's childhood obesity problem. the one item to cut out to keep kids healthy. ,,,,,,,,,,,, singer and mexican-americanv star jenni rivera over the weekend after her plane crad in mexico. >>> local latino music fans are mourning the death of one of their favorites. jenni rivera died after her plane crashed in mexico. lynn ramirez in san jose with reaction from some of rivera's fans. len. >> reporter: that's right, allen. a hot of people are in a state of shock. something they didn't expect since jenni's career really seemed to be taking off. for many she symbolized being able to overcome life's obstacles. >> powering through her recent heart break and triumph. , it seems her life and career were reaching a high point. for her many fans on both sides of the mexican american board it made news of her plane crash
. but is public sentiment strong enough to change the law? cbs 5 reporter grace lee. >> reporter: it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today. it was also a rare moment, a turning point for federal gun control. >> we are going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. >> it is an obvious and perfectly appropriate emotional response to say something has to be done. >> reporter: he believes the american people will also have a change in public sentiment a call for gun control but he doesn't believe it will last long enough to change law. >> the only time when most citizens worry is in the middle of a mass shooting episode. >> reporter: when a mass shooting occurs gun control is called for but after it dies down the opponents gain traction because they care and they fight long term. >> the intensity of the opponents of control will outweigh the mild support that the rest of the population might feel. >> in 1999 during the columbine shooting 39 people were killed or injured. next year a poll showed can 62% of
. and he says that he did it to help a few people out. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. >>> well tonight, some people, they are finding that the campaign to pro-- that it can pay to procrastinate. they are reaching the bounty of bargains. they said that they have a million reasons why they waited. >> reporter: twas the night before christmas and all through the store, a slew of last-minute shoppers with the excuses galore. >> and i have been working a lot. >> this year it snuck right up on me. >> reporter: the customers were fighting over toys in the aisle. >> they took that toy out of my basket. >> reporter: and it was all picked over to this child. >> and there is nothing in here. everything is gone! you know, like my little ponies that i want to get are not even around. >> reporter: the registers rang, and the santa hat sang. but at the stroke of 10, it all came to an end as shops closed, leaving only one place to spend. >> because it is christmas eve and you know what that means. the only store open now is your local walgreens. >> christmas eve is by far the busiest day of the year f
's not easy if you don't have experience. in san francisco, grace lee, cbs 5. >>> one of the positive signs for the economy housing market on new homes. they were up 22% for a year ago. and in california you might be surprised at who is buying. ben tracy has more. >> reporter: this is the busy time of the year for you guys? >> oh yes, absolutely. this is when all the greats come in. >> there's a good reason that he puts that on the bottle. they are looking to bring parts of north america to china. they bought it and now 90% of the wine from here is up in 9,000 cases, shipped to china. >> reporter: what do they want with the vineyard? >> there is a big demand for china with the luxury goods and goods that are scarce and well made. and so you know rather than buying the chinese made products, sending our money over there, they are buying the american made products, sending them back over here. >> and the jobs stay here? >> yes. >> reporter: they flush with cash and invested about $16.4 billion in the u.s. in the past decade. $1.3 billion in california. and all in the past year. but the chines
be stricter. but is public sentiment strong enough to change the law? here's cbs 5 reporter grace lee. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> reporter: it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today. it was also a rare moment, perhaps a turning point in presidential policy for federal gun control. >> we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. >> it is an obvious and perfectly appropriate emotional response to say something's got to be done. >> reporter: uc berkeley criminal law professor believes the american people will also have a change in public sentiment. a call for gun control. but he does not believe it will last long enough to change actual law. >> the only time when most citizens worry about things like assault weapons is in the middle of a mass shooting episode. >> reporter: he says when a mass shooting occurs, gun control is called for. but after the hype dies down, the opponents gain traction because they care vehemen
over the last five years. grace lee tells us these are the same people who have expensive college loans to pay off. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season or eating out, take a look around. you might notice a lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california taking work in food service and retail because they can't get anything else. >> pretty sad now. >> reporter: roary graduated with a computer science degree. >> i graduated with my bachelors in 2009 and my first job was at a retail store. at first it was kind of embarrassing. >> i couldn't get a job in the field i wanted to. i figured i have to go to law school to get where i wanted to be. >> reporter: even with a higher degree it is still tough. bill song is still. >> college and he's worried about his future because his friends have been forced to take jobs they don't even want. >> all my friends have a hard time. all of my friends with high degrees working at mcdonalds or some places like that, the higher jobs are harde
such adoptions. grace lee on the youngest victims of this international tug of war. >> our children are very much excited to having a baby brother. we set up his room together. >> reporter: the family spent the holidays with their two biological children, nathan and cameron. and their adopted daughter. they shot video when they brought her home from siberia two years ago. they were hoping for another addition to their family from russia in the coming year. >> this is the crib we have. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds that have been caught in an international political showdown. president vladimir putin plans to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law. it denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's tragic these children are potentially going to fall victim to senseless politics. >> reporter: the national council for adoption says with 700,000 russian orphans the kids are the ones caught in this political web. >> most of them have been matched with children.
of millions of dollars as a result. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee explains what's been uncovered and what the state is going to do about it. >> reporter: this facility houses patients who who need around the clock care. if the state revokes the license it could lose half the funding from the federal government. that's about $80 million. and if the facility can't prove that its patients are safe and not in jeopardy at all it could be closed forcing out hundreds. >> absolutely. i mean, people at sonoma investment al center and the other developmental centers are among the most vulnerable in california and while abuse is common with this population, it's absolutely shocking and it's troubling when their cases aren't handled properly. >> reporter: ryan gabrielson a reporter at california watch has been investigating the sonoma developmental center for months. he says it's about time the state started proceedings to revoke its operating license after a litany of accusations against its 500-plus patients. he says the reports are staggering. >> suspicious bruises on patients. cigarette burns. br
. >>> college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their chosen career paths. as cbs 5 reporter grace lee reports, the number of young california grads working in restaurant or retail has doubled in the last five years. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season, or eating out, take a look around. you might notice i lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau, there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california taking work in food service and retail because they can't get anything else. >> pretty sad now, yeah. >> reporter: rory graduated with a computer science degree. >> i graduated with my bachelor's in 2009 and i was working retail in the mall. it was embarrassing. >> i couldn't get a job in the field i wanted to so i had to take what i could to get where i want to be. >> reporter: even with a higher degree it's tough. bill song is still in college and worried about his future because his friends have been forced to take jobs they don't even want. >> all my friends who graduated are having a hard time. they had to start i
political reporter grace lee with what happens next for proposition 8 in california. grace. >> reporter: well, dana, this could be it. monday morning we could know if same-sex marriages will resume within days here in california. or it could mean more waiting for thousands of couples who have not been allowed legal marriage status for years now. but knowing that the highest court in the country could be making that landmark decision soon has a lot of people waiting anxiously. >> reporter: music brought them together five years ago the same year california allowed same-sex marriages from june until prop 8 the ban on same- sex marriage passed with 52% of the vote in november of 2008. >> we thought we shouldn't rush into it a few months into our relationship so we waited. >> reporter: are you ready now? >> very much. very much. in fact, we have been hoping that we could do it this week. >> reporter: legally, they are not allowed this week. but on monday, the u.s. supreme court could take two paths. it could deny to review prop 8. that would be a victory because it means a lower court ruli
control debate. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee is in hayward with a look at how mayors around the bay area are making their voices heard in the debate. grace. >> reporter: that's right, ken. the mayors in the biggest cities here in the bay area all agree that something has to be done. but it's not just the mayors. we are here in hayward because the state treasurer said meet me in hayward so we're here. and he points out that california has actually invested millions of dollars into a gun manufacturer, the same one that made the gun used in newtown, connecticut. and this has led to a series of political maneuvers. in an open letter to the president today, eight big city mayors from new york to los angeles asked for an outright ban on assault weapons. >> it's clear that gun is not for the streets it's not for sports. it's really a gun of war. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee and oakland mayor jean quan agree with the federal assault weapons ban that's already in place in california. the two cities just had their largest gun buy-back event taking 600 firearms off the streets. >> t
no deal between the president and republicans. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee on what this gridlock could cost californians. >> reporter: basically, it could cost us billions. the daily democrat estimates that if no deal is reached and we go over the "fiscal cliff," our state could lose out on $4.5 billion of federal money and lose 200,000 jobs. and this can hit the lower middle class with a one-two punch a combination of unemployment and fewer social safety nets. >> they want us to close on wednesday at noon. >> reporter: a social security employee for 30 years is joining fellow federal workers across the u.s. to spread the word the "fiscal cliff" is looming and at stake social security benefits for millions. >> they seem to go for the people who had the least political pull, in other words poor and disabled and people here in east oakland. >> reporter: like this social security recipient who relies on every federal dollar. if these benefits were cut, who would this affect you and your friends? >> oh, wow. i wouldn't even be able to afford the rent i'm paying right now, less food.
some holiday travelers off-guard. cbs 5 reporter grace lee shows us how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset because i don't know we could have done -- at this point i don't know what we can do now. just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. the appointment was at 9:00. >> reporter: stranded on christmas've the same story for -- eve, the same story for dozens who were supposed to renew or pick up passports today. some had confirmation numbers and appointments scheduled for today including aiden key. he's separated from his family. to see his wife and 2-year-old tomorrow. >> it's extremely frustrating and disappointing that i can't see them either for my wife's birthday or any daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agent we citizen supposed to be -- agency was supposed to be open today but in a last-minute decision on friday the president declared christmas eve a federal holiday. federal workers complained that he should show some holiday cheer since they had not had a salary increase since 2009. do you actually expe
. president vladimir putin is banning all adoptions by russian parents. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on the youngest victims of an international tug of war. >> our children are very much so excited for having a baby brother. we is the up his room together. >> reporter: the fong family spent the holidays with their two biological children nathan amend cameron and their siberian adoptee from two years ago and they were hoping for another addition for the family from russia in the coming year. >> this is our crib for our son. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds caught in a international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiantly saying he planned to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. the country's legislative branch had just passed the bill unanimously. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law that denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's very tragic that these children are potentially going to fall victim to really the senseless politics. >> reporter: lauren koch wi
with little experience and no seniority. cbs 5 reporter grace lee explains it may be payback for fundraising. grace. >> reporter: that's right, allen. we're not talking about a few isolated cases. according to california common cause an independent watchdog agency, 91% of the freshmen who raise five or six figures with their party got choice assignments. they say it's a dangerous precedent and bad policy for all of us. >> first it includes members of my cabinet. >> reporter: the president is unbefore the best campaign fundraisers to date breaking records by raising more than $1 billion to get re-elected. california's capital, raising a lot of campaign cash can land you in a plum position even if you don't have a lot of experience. phillip ung with california common cause believes it could be a policy problem. >> this isn't your high school presidency committee. this is the legislature. they handle serious policy and you need serious people who have an expertise in these issues to handle them. not just the best fundraisers. >> reporter: the watchdog agency found that out of the 11 top freshme
it comes to a bitter fight over gun control laws. cbs 5 reporter grace lee tells us the state has its own history of gun tragedies, new laws and loopholes. grace. >> reporter: that's right. we may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. senator leland yee says we're not going far enough. his bill to add gun control actually failed last year. this time around, he is facing power gun rights lobbyists but says he is not afraid of a tough fight. 23 years ago the cleveland elementary school shooting left five kids dead and 29 wounded. it's now known as the stockton massacre. and it led to an outright ban on assault weapons in california. we though it couldn't get any worse. >> the connecticut shooting is a wake-up call for america. >> reporter: until now, with 20 children shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, senator leland yee says it's time to stop the mayhem. he wants to reintroduce the bullet button ban which failed last year. the bullet button allows gun users to get around the state ban on detachable magazines because you can simply use a tool in this case a bullet
. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. >>> police say an attack on an autistic teenager was a random crime. but they say they have their man. oakland police arrested gary atkinson for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year- old. the teenager had left her group home on college avenue in oakland last tuesday. she was found in san francisco two days later. police say she was taken there by force. >> no connection to the suspect and she did not go -- it wasn't -- she went there against her will. she was taken there against her will. >> police say they are charging atkinson with three counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, and committing lewd acts on a child. police also say the victim is now at home recovering with her family. >>> accusations are flying over alameda county's proposed drone program. the sheriff's office says it needs the mini spy planes for emergencies like search-and- rescue. but civil rights activists say that's not the whole roof to and have proof. ann notarangelo reports. >> reporter: the day gang with aclu saying the sheriff's department is pulling a fast one with
from gun violence. and cbs 5's grace lee tells us he is promising that this time washington will do more than just talk about it. >> reporter: during the election the president was repeatedly criticized for being all talk and no action. for now, he seems to be taking a very strong stance. he is not just calling for gun control. he wants a well-rounded solution and wants the answers soon. he wants them by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, more americans have died of gun violence. >> reporter: five days after the sandy hook shooting in newtown, president obama says our country needs more than gun control. we need a solution to stop the violence. that's why he's creating a new interagency task force led by vice president biden. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: muc
of a rebounded? there are a lot of factors that go into the single-digit jobless rate. cbs 5 reporter grace lee with why it may be too quick to say we have finally turned the corner. >> reporter: juliette, our state still has the third worst unemployment rate in the nation. we're well above the national rate. so we spoke with a former director of the state's labor department who says that the unemployment rate is really just one piece of the overall economic picture and it may look better than it actually is. >> i think the rate it's important but it means less and less of indicating what's going on out there in terms of jobs. >> reporter: michael would know since he used to run the state's employment development agency. california's unemployment rate dropped to 9.8% in november from 10.1% in october. the numbers haven't been this good since 2007. he says those numbers though are somewhat misleading. he says there are one million californians who have part-time jobs who would actually prefer to be working full time. they are the ones helping to bring the unemployment rate down making the market
the deadline. we have heard a lot about this over the last few weeks but cbs 5 reporter grace lee tells us about another downside that has to do with milk. >> reporter: if we can go over the price of milk will go up significantly because a farm bill that's about to expire and the closer we get the more likely that political analysts believe that we will go over the "fiscal cliff." so by next week could you start seeing your grocery store bills skyrocket and your paychecks plummet. the president is inding his hawaii have a -- ending his hawaii vacation early and returning tonight. >> wonderful to see all of you. merry christmas to everybody. >> reporter: congress is also coming back from a winter break tomorrow. and time is ticking down on the "fiscal cliff" clock. >> not likely to make a deal before the 1st. >> reporter: cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman says this is washington politics at its worst. >> the only thing that's going to force both sides to negotiate is going over the deadline. people will vote for it. they will be able to say exactly the opposite. >> reporter: in the meantime
reporter grace lee tells us it is not so great for some people trying to get on a plane. >> that's right. many spent thousands for the airline ticket and also made appointments to be at the agency today. but since the president declared this a holiday three days ago, this became a huge deal. >> i am real upset because we could have done -- at this point i don't know what we can do now. just wait. we have been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9:00. >> stranded on christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to renew or pick up passports today. some had pintments scheduled for today, including aiden keith. he is supposed to catch a flight to mexico tomorrow to see his wife and 2-year-old. >> dispinting pinting -- dispinting. >> the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last minute dig on friday the president declared christmas eve a federal holiday. federal workers complained he should show holiday cheer since they had not had a salary increase since 2009. >> do you expect someone to come out here now? >> no. i respect the preside
they have a long way to go. i'm grace lee, cbs 5. >>> wall street isn't putting faith in washington. the dow lost 158 points today. its five-day losing streak is the longest since july. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also closed down. >>> police pulled over a bmw for speeding. but before the officer could walk up to write the ticket, the driver floored it and tried to get away. moments later, the bmw slammed into another car a few blocks away from bishop o'dowd high school. cbs 5 reporter da lin tells us an innocent person was killed because of another's recklessness. >> reporter: it started at 98th and bancroft. two chp officers patrolling the streets of oakland pulled over a bmw for speeding. the driver initially stopped but once the officers got out of their car, investigators say the bmw sped away. less than a mile away, the chp says the driver of the silver bmw m6 broadsided a black lincoln on 98th avenue. the impact killed a passenger in the sedan. investigators say the woman was in her early 20s. four other people inside the lincoln suffered from minor to serious injuries. witnesses say the i
and just for a handful of people. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. >>> rain is in the bay area forecast again. that means after what happened this weekend people will be spending christmas keeping an eye on their neighborhood creek. cbs 5's joe vazquez went to find out why years of flood problems haven't been fixed. >> reporter: a lot of questions here. you can see the bag and behind me the big mound of sand. people are making their own sandbags here. in east palo alto, according to a news release that just went out, they had significant damage to their levies. >> . >> curtis simms says the water came and damaged the den and the floors. >> it is pretty bad. it's pretty bad when it would come up to your furnace in your family room. >> it coif been much worse. that's the word from officials who surveyed the creek. if last night's 9:00 p.m. high tide had come just a few hours earlier. heavy rains ended around 6:00 p.m. yesterday. >> if at that moment there had been a very high tide, we could have had serious flooding. so, we were lucky in that respect. >> reporter: still, the creek did man
5 political reporter grace lee in sacramento tonight with that. grace. >> reporter: well, allen, the senate class is also sworn in today. they had 9 new members but most of them have had experience in the assembly and that's really unlike this new assembly class that we are seeing a lot of inexperienced freshmen as you mentioned. despite that and maybe because of that the atmosphere here today at the capital is actually very hopeful and excited. a lot like the first day of school. >> members elect raise your right hands and repeat after me. >> reporter: with that, california's new assembly was sworn in today with democrats dominating with 55 of the 80 members. families with young children crowded the floor with the rest of the family often waving on from up above. freshmen assemblyman frank bigelow from madera county said he was humbled by the whole process. >> yesterday i was slogging in the mud feeding cows and today here i am being sworn in as a representative of the people of the state of california. >> reporter: with the largest freshman class since 1934, the first couple o
that could help them get back on their feet. cbs 5's grace lee on the plan to provide free cell phones for the homeless. >> a federal program called lifeline run by the cell company assurance. it would give a free cell phone the homeless and these with a very low income. you have to make less than 24,700 a year in a one to two person household or be enrolled in programs like medicaid, federal public housing or the national school lunch program. >> it will be able to send text to people saying following your application you have a shelter bed here or go the a resource center or please come in. your application has come up for housing. i think it will really change things tremendously. >> but who pays for the free phones for the homeless? phone customers pay an average of $10 a year to operate it according to assurance. it is mandated by the federal government. >> if you found out you had to pay a little bit of money are you okay with that? >> yeah. we can all chip in. you don't want to hand them out things, empower them or not do anything. >> the original intent of this program was to m
to a staff position. >> thank you, grace lee. >>> one week after the connecticut school tragedy the national rifle association has broken its silence. cbs 5 reporter joe vazquez tells us why the group's position is creating a new outcry. joe. >> reporter: allen, they announced today the nra did that they want armed security guards in every school in america. that's something familiar here at richmond high school where they have had armed officers for six years. they do believe it has made a difference. but many are wondering whether the nra went far enough. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: after being silent on the subject for more than a week after the slaughter in newtown, the chief of the national rifle association declared today the nra's solution for stopping school shootings is to have an armed guard in every school. just like they have them at banks and sports arenas. >> why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect the president or our police but bad when it's used to protect our children in our schools? >> reporter: t
political reporter grace lee telling us the real losers could be the orphans trapped in the international tug of war. >> reporter: that's right. you know, russia's president said today he intends to sign the ban that could stop americans from adopting russian children. that could really affect familiesare either hoping to adopt or actually in the process of adopting children. and for some parents who have already been paired with a child, adoption advocates say it would be like losing a member of their own family. >> open it... our children are very much so excited to having a baby brother. we set up his room together. >> reporter: the fong family spent the holidays with their two biological children nathan and cameron. and their adopted daughter eliana. they shot video when they brought her home from siberia two years ago and they were hoping for another addition to their family from russia in the coming year. >> and this is the crib set up for our son. >> reporter: the fong family is one of hundreds caught in an international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiant toda
don't have to follow federal rules when holding them. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee on why the ag has a problem with the feds. grace. >> reporter: she says the intent was good but the execution is overly brought meaning i.c.e. is deporting too many people. according to her research, about a third of the 28,000 people deported were not even criminals and -- 82,000 people deported were not even criminals and she issued the policy change today. >> that's been some confusion and we have been approached by law enforcement up and down the state asking for clarity. >> reporter: she issued a bulletin to all law enforcement agencies in california. if i.c.e. asks someone to detail someone they don't have to. she believes the program called security community or s-com is voluntary, not mandatory under the law. currently it requires a police send fingerprints to the department of homeland security whenever they arrest someone. the change now is that if i.c.e. wants to detain them, local law enforcement does not have to keep them in custody. >> i want that rape victim to be sure in knowing if
of people like that. but as cbs 5 political reporter grace lee explains, more and more californians think the aging law needs some work. grace. >> reporter: you know, there are billions of dollars at stake here so a lot of people are weighing in on this including tom ammiano. he wants to change the law to bring in more money for schools and public safety. but already, he is getting flak for it. in california, residential and commercial owners are supposed to be treated equally under proposition 13, which passed by voters in 1978. for homeowners, it's straightforward. when you buy a house, your property taxes are based on your purchasing price. your property tax does not change until it's sold to the next owner. a transfer. commercial properties, it was designed to be the same but instead business don't transfer land. they transfer stock which excludes them from getting reassessed so some businesses get to pay a lower property tax. >> so some of them are still being assessed say from 1990 evaluations and their property taxes haven't gone up and it costs the state millions. >> this is the m
instead of targeting candidates, these current ads are targeting issues. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee looks into the way super pacs are funding a new wave of political messages. >> reporter: they are funding them through social welfare nonprofits that are affiliated with those super pacs we heard so much about. it's legal. instead of candidates, it's issues. >> we're serious about reducing the deficit. we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. >> but so far, a huge tax increase is his solution. >> reporter: it may feel like the election season never ended. >> the time for politics has ended. >> reporter: and apparently, it hasn't. because the "fiscal cliff" fight is now fodder for political commercials known as issue ads. this one is running on cable news networks by a nonprofit called crossroads. >> call president obama and tell him, it's time to show us a balanced plan. >> reporter: it is a big switch from presidential politics to full-scale lobbying. >> on the one hand it's bizarre this coming around the pike right now, on the other hand this is the nature of the campaign
that started in florida and ended with a shoot out in colorado. ryan, lee grace and dillon were each sentenced to 35 years in jail all pleaded guilty to the bank robbery and firearms charges. >> i think a great justice was done today and a message was sent out to society and to the nation that our society is not going to tolerate this. >> in court, ryan protested the judge's decision but senior judge wasn't having it. he said it was a miracle no one was killed. all three have received jail sentences for the crimes committed in colorado. and the jail time will be served simultaneously. they still have at least one more court appearance to face charges for a shooting at a deputy in florida during a high speed chase. >> once the siblings are out of prison, five years of supervised release. doctors in britain get quite a shock while treating a boy with a runny nose. x rays the child and found something unexpected. it's a tooth. researchers believe the child put the tooth under his pillow and that's how it became lodged in his left ear. today the child has a great story to tell his own children. >>
jared. >> it makes me want to work harder. >> lee: plus a live performance from singer jamie grace. on today's "700 club." ♪ >> pat: welcome to this
will be remembered as a fun little rambunctious boy with a lot of spirit. >> this is grace mcdonnell. her grandmother says that the little girl love art, gymnastics, soccer and our small spaniel. >> she will be remembered as a wonderful little girl was always smiling. >> and this is and lee parker. >> her father described his oldest daughter is a girl could light up a room. >> he said emily was an exceptional artist as always carried around her art supplies and she never missed an opportunity to dry picture or to make a card for someone. >> and this is a home video of and the marquez green at the plo last summer with their brother i said. >> they are singing come out all my king. >> her family wanted people to know their little girl was a child devoted to god. >> this is a sandy hook principal donna hochspring with her husband. >> she is described as a really nice and fun lady was also tough in the right sort of sense. >> officials say that hos chspring courageously sacrificed her life to try and stop the gunman from entering the school grounds. >> we will have more when we come back we're back. 4:2
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